By Will Dexter
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Umm… I choose the one on the left,” he said, finally indicating Buttercup. I bowed slightly. “Very well, Your Majesty. By your word shall that creature be spared. ” Actually, that was another little stunt Aahz had taught me. It’s called a “magician’s force,” and allows a performer to offer his audience a choice without really giving them a choice. ” Slowly, I pointed a finger at Gleep and lowered my head slightly. ” I said somberly. I don’t know what the words meant, but Aahz assured me they had historic precedence and would convince people I was actually doing something complex.
But now it was ours. Who Isstvan had gotten it from and how, I didn’t want to know. Despite Aahz’s constant assurances, I lived in dread of encountering the inn’s rightful owner. I couldn’t help remembering all this as I waited outside the inn for our visitor. As I said, Aahz has very good hearing. When he tells me he hears something “close by,” he frequently forgets to mention that “close by” may be over a mile away. I have also noted, over the course of our friendship, that his hearing is curiously erratic.
Buttercup and I got along fairly well, and he usually obeyed me. In contrast, he and Aahz never really hit it off, especially when the latter chose to raise his voice angrily. “All it takes is a little gentleness,” I informed Aahz smugly. ” “While you’re showing off your dubious rapport with animals,” Aahz retorted, “you might call your dragon back. ” I cast a quick glance about. He was right. Gleep had disappeared… again. ” I called. ” came an answering cry. The bushes off to our left parted, and the dragon’s head emerged.
131 Magic Tricks for Amateurs by Will Dexter